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'''Plato''' (; Ancient Greek language|Greek: ''Plátōn'', in Attic Greek|Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BCE) was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Platonic Academy|Academy in Ancient Athens|Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western philosophy|Western tradition."...the subject of philosophy, as it is often conceived—a rigorous and systematic examination of ethical, political, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, armed with a distinctive method—can be called his invention" () Unlike nearly all of his Ancient Greek philosophy|philosophical contemporaries, Plato's entire work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years.Cooper, John M.; Hutchinson, D. S., eds. (1997): "Introduction". Along with his...
RegionWestern philosophy
EraAncient philosophy
Birth date428/427 or 424/423 BC
Birth placeClassical Athens|Athens, Greece
Death date348/347 BC (age {{circa|80}})
Death placeAthens, Greece
School traditionPlatonism
Main interestsRhetoric, art, literature, epistemology, justice, virtue, politics, education, family, militarism, friendship, love
Notable works''Apology (Plato)|Apology''
''Phaedo''
''Symposium (Plato)|Symposium''
''Republic (Plato)|Republic''
Notable ideasTheory of Forms, Platonic idealism, philosopher king, Platonic realism, Plato's tripartite theory of soul, ''hyperuranion'', ''metaxy'', ''khôra'', ''methexis'', ''theia mania'', ''agathos kai sophos''
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